Rent The Wire: Series 1 (2002)

4.0 of 5 from 309 ratings
12h 55min
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Synopsis:
From David Simon, creator and co-writer of HBO's triple Emmy Award-winning mini-series The Corner, this unvarnished, highly realistic drama series follows a single sprawling drug and murder investigation in Baltimore - one that culminates in a complex series of dangerous wiretaps and surveillance. Told from the points of view of both the police and their targets, the series captures a universe where easy distinctions between good and evil, and crime and punishment, are challenged at every turn.
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Directors:
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Producers:
Nina Kostroff Noble
Creators:
David Simon
Writers:
David Simon, Ed Burns, Rafael Alvarez, David H. Melnick, Shamit Choksey, Joy Kecken, George Pelecanos
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Top 100 TV Series, TV Crimes, TV Dramas
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/04/2005
Run Time:
775 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
Arabic, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Featuring three episode audio commentaries with writer/creator David Simon, Director Clarke Johnson and writer George Pelecanos
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. The Target
2. The Detail
3. The Buys
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Old Cases
5. The Pager
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
6. The Wire
7. One Arrest
8. Lessons
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
9. Game Day
10. The Cost
11. The Hunt
Disc 5:
This disc includes the following episodes:
12. Cleaning Up
13. Sentencing
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/06/2015
Run Time:
778 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, English, French, German, Latin American Spanish
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Four behind-the-scenes documentaries
  • 22 audio commentaries with cast and crew
  • Three prequels that explore life before The Wire
  • Paley Center for Media event: The Wire Reunion
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. The Target
2. The Detail
3. The Buys
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Old Cases
5. The Pager
6. The Wire
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
7. One Arrest
8. Lessons
9. Game Day
10. The Cost
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
11. The Hunt
12. Cleaning Up
13. Sentencing

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Reviews (2) of The Wire: Series 1

a truly enjoyable experience - The Wire: Series 1 review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
11/04/2007

I could join in the chorus of approval hovering over this US crime series with all the usual stuff about how hard-hitting, powerful and compelling it is, but we've all read those sort of reviews for films/tv a million times before. It's almost as if critics long ago agreed on a bland lingo to use and us lot follow suit. If I like this, then assume there's nothing wrong with the acting/music/photography/sound/direction/mis en scene/etc etc blah

Instead, I'll keep it simple. This series works like a good book. For me it started slowly and thoughtfully, slightly dull even, and then during episode three I suddenly realised I was hooked. The main reason is The Wire is all about one story, one plot. A bit like Murder One if you remember that, but better I think. The characters emerge slowly out of the action, and as they do, you care more and more.

I would recommend this to any Sopranos/24/West Wing type fan as it matches America's, and HBO'S in particular, recent quality. But I would also suggest the dvds to someone who would normally go for a more literary film, or someone who's into Austen TV dramas. It has the same in-depth feel as a novel and you will remember it fondly afterwards.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

The best ever? - The Wire: Series 1 review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
06/12/2008

It's quite amazing that this series was neither nominated for nor received any Emmys. It takes a while to get going & I would strongly recommend watching the first few episodes twice as there are numerous characters to get to grips with & no "stars" to immediately allow one to put face to name. It's totally uncompromising & assumes- unusual for many TV series that its audience isn't just interested in mindless entertainent. For anyone vaguely interested in police drama it's a must.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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